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Medical, bioengineering group fetes Benghuzzi

BenghuzziDr. Ham Benghuzzi, professor of clinical health sciences in the School of Health Related Professions, recently was recognized by the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) for his “outstanding contribution to the fields of biomedical sciences and bioengineering,” according to Dr. Ibrahim O. Farah, president of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences.

Farah said the AIMBE recognition is extended to only the top 1 percent of medical and biological engineering scientists in the country.

Benghuzzi’s contributions to the field of drug delivery, his service as an elite educator and mentor for students and faculty also were recognized by the World's Societies for Biomaterials at the organization’s World Congress last June in China.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

30 Years

* Sandra Lowman, administrative assistant in Occupational Therapy

* Dr. Donald Sittman, professor of biochemistry

25 Years

* Susan Anand, instructor in psychiatry

* Gloria Hardin, instructor in psychiatry

* Dr. Drew Hildebrandt, associate professor of plastic surgery

* Dr. Susan Warren, professor of neurobiology and anatomical science

20 Years

* Catrina Brinson, rehab technician for University Physicians

* Chandra Ferguson, nurse in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit

* Dr. Charles Gaymes, professor of pediatric cardiology

* Lola Hunter, LPN on 4 Children’s

* Tammy Linburger, customer service specialist for University Physicians

* Patricia Preuss, LPN in the Newborn ICU

* Dr. Linda Ray, associate professor of pediatric rheumatology

* Wylinda Washington, sonography nurse in the Fetal Center

15 Years

* Veronica Buck, physician scheduler for University Physicians

* Stacey Hibbard, business analyst in the School of Medicine

* Angela Noble, PICC nurse in Antimicrobial Services

* Peggy Wagner, administrative assistant in Public Affairs

10 Years

* Robert Benson, patient services coordinator in the School of Medicine

* Ellen Fulton, radiation therapist in Radiation Oncology

* Christy Gomez, business operations manager for University Physicians

* Dr. Karen Pitman, professor of otolaryngology and communicative science

* Dr. James Shiflett, assistant professor of neurosurgery

* Nicki Temple, lieutenant in Campus Police

5 Years

* Valencia Banks, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Dr. Demondes Haynes, assistant professor of medicine

* Dr. Luis Juncos, professor of medicine

* Augusta Knott, ambulatory nurse  in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Dr. Emily McVey, assistant professor of physical therapy

* Anna Murray, inpatient nurse in the Newborn ICU

* Dr. Leticia Otchere-Darko, assistant professor of anesthesiology

* Arnitra Wales, health information services technician for University Physicians

* Tina Weaver, occupational therapist in Physical Therapy

* Leigh Wright, program administrator in the School of Medicine

BCH entrance to close for construction

BHC_construction_worker smThe south door entrance to the Batson Children's Hospital lobby (door no. C097-03) will close on Monday, Aug. 27, for approximately 30 days while construction is done to improve drainage in the area outside the entrance.

Signs will be posted to direct individuals to the appropriate alternate exits and entrances to the hospital. For more information about the construction, call the Office of Planning and Construction at 4-1477.

Hansel to present bladder cancer seminar

HanselDr. Donna Hansel, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, will present "Bladder Cancer on the Move" from noon-12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in room R-153.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Pam Peeples at 4-1010.   

Gustafsson to present Hearin Lecture

GustafssonDr. Jan-Ake Gustafsson, Robert A. Welch Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and director of the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling at the University of Houston, Texas, will present the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "The Biology and Pathology of Estrogen Receptor Beta," from noon-12:50 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation. For more information, e-mail Margie West at

Jones, Keeton, Dzielak to address faculty

 Jones_Keeton_Dzielak dDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. David Dzielak, executive director of Medicaid, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Friday, Aug. 31, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The event will include a recognition of faculty with 20 years of service. Boxed lunches will be available on a first-come basis.
Full-time faculty who have met the 20 cumulative-year service requirement but have not received a chair may call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or e-mail her at


Departmental parking fees effective Sept. 1

Parking signAs part of the new UMMC Parking Policy, effective Saturday, Sept. 1, all Medical Center departments that have employees with short-term parking assigned to them will be required to pay $15 per month for each employee.

This includes all on-campus parking facilities as well as UMMC parking facilities at the Blake Clinic, Medical Towers and Lakeland Drive. Departmental leaders will receive an interdepartmental invoice each month for all short-term parkers assigned to their department.

Employee access will be cancelled for departments that do not pay for the short-term parking. Those employees will be welcome to use the free parking available at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

To view the parking policy, visit

Ceremony to reopen hospital cafeteria Sept. 6

A grand opening ceremony for the renovated cafeteria is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

All six dining stations will open for business at 11. Cash, credit or debit cards and payroll deduction with valid UMMC employee identification will be accepted.

For more information, call Food and Nutrition Services at 4-2070.

UMMC to take part in 2012 HeartWalk

Heartwalk_AHAThe Medical Center will participate in the American Heart Association's Metro Jackson Area Heart Walk scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Mississippi state capitol.

Dr. Richard deShazo, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, is UMMC's champion and is recruiting team captains to participate and to recruit other UMMC faculty, staff and students to take part in the walk.

Captains can register their teams at UMMC's overall goal is $50,000. 

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